Inanimate Possessives: two days’ time or two days time?

by Mary Cullen on Tue, May 12, 2020

A wise client business grammar question:

“There was always one grammatical mix up for me, and I would like your advice on it. Do we write: I will finish in a week’s time or in a weeks time? In two days’ time or in two days time?”

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Topics: Business Grammar

How Many Spaces Should Be After a Period?

by Mary Cullen on Tue, May 12, 2020

Image from Cult of Pedagogy

Here is a client question received today, which I often hear in business writing courses:

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

17 Proofreading Techniques for Business Communication

by Mary Cullen on Tue, May 12, 2020

Proofreading Techniques

Finally. Your document is just about complete. It’s been written, reviewed, compiled, and re-reviewed. With the final edits in place, it’s now ready to be proofread.

Proofreading can seem like a simple task in business communication. However, the attention to detail and intense focus it requires means that proofreading is as challenging as it is important.

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Topics: Business Proofreading

Business Letter and Business Email Salutations [Updated]

by Mary Cullen on Tue, May 12, 2020

Dear Reader: Dear Reader, Hi Reader, Good afternoon, Reader: Hey Reader!

Are you confused about shaping salutations in business letters and business email?

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

4 Types of Business Writing [And When to Use Them]

by Tom DuPuis on Tue, May 12, 2020

The world of business writing can seem vast. Each office seems to have variations of documents, each with their personalized templates and industry focus. Varying scenarios require varying forms of business writing. However, the innumerable documents can be distilled into to four main categories.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

How To Write A Business Memo [Free PDF Template]

by Mary Cullen on Mon, May 11, 2020

A memo is a business document that communicates information internally in an organization.

A business letter communicates information outside of an organization.

Email is used both inside and outside an organization.

What is the meaning of internal memo?

The term "internal memo" is actually redundant since a memo is always an internal document.

Here is a standard business memo format model.

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Topics: Business Writing Resources

Business Email Salutations to a Group

by Mary Cullen on Mon, May 11, 2020

I wrote about correct salutations for business letters and business email, prompting a few clients to ask about which salutations work well for a business email to a group.

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Topics: Business Email Writing

How to Become a Technical Writer: A Beginner’s Guide

by Tom DuPuis on Sun, May 10, 2020

Technical writing is a highly valuable skill. It is crucial for anyone working in a tech-related business, for engineers and scientists communicating their knowledge, and for people looking for rewarding, full-time work as writers.

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Topics: Technical Writing

How to Write a Business Apology Letter [Examples & Tips]

by Mary Cullen on Thu, May 7, 2020

Here is a classic P.G. Wodehouse quote that so illustrates this misplaced focus of posturing to forge relationships:

“It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.”

In business writing, this is not true! Apologies are important.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

How to Improve Your Written Communication Skills

by Mary Cullen on Wed, May 6, 2020



How to improve your written communication skills

Writing is an everyday activity for many people. So, you’d think that written communication would come almost naturally. Unfortunately, it is an on-going challenge for writers and their readers. Messages can be misunderstood or missed entirely, even when they seem so obvious. Fortunately, there are many straight-forward ways to up your writing game and become a better communicator. This article will explain why it’s so difficult to convey information in text and ten valuable tactics to improve your written communication.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills